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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.More from Pop Culture Happy Hour »

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Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 2016

Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson discuss this year's MTV Video Music Awards. This year's VMAs featured Rihanna, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and several minutes of Kanye West doing whatever he wants — all vying for social-media dominance in the hours, days and weeks ahead.

Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 2016

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Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters

NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon for a discussion of the critically acclaimed Disney film Pete's Dragon. Then its onto kids and their monsters, both real and imaginary. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters

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Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers

All Things Considered Host Ari Shapiro talks with Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the Netflix summer hit Stranger Things. (A shorter version of this interview aired on All Things Considered on August 19, 2016.)

Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers

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Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer

Morning Edition host David Greene talks with comedian Amy Schumer about her new book, the Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. (A shorter version of the interview aired on Morning Edition on August 19, 2016.)

Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer

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Grandmaster Flash (Mamoudou Athie) and Shaolin Fantastic (Shameik Moore) on The Get Down. David Lee/Netflix hide caption

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The Get Down and TCA 2016

Writer Kiana Fitzgerald and Brittany Luse, host of Sampler and For Colored Nerds, join Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson for a chat about the Netflix series The Get Down. Then, Linda gives a roundup of what she learned and saw at the Television Critics Association press tour, which gives critics a first look at fall television. Plus, What's Making Us Happy.

The Get Down and TCA 2016

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Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah

Morning Edition host David Greene talks with late night radio personality Delilah Rene Luke. This year marks 20 years Delilah has been taking calls and making song dedications. (This interview originally aired on Morning Edition on August 16, 2016.)

Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah

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Rami Malek plays Elliot Alderson — a cybersecurity engineer who takes justice into his own hands — in the TV show Mr. Robot. Peter Kramer/USA Network hide caption

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Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail

All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro talks with Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot. (A shorter version of the interview aired on All Things Considered on August 10, 2016.)

Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail

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Steven Universe and Board Games

Code Switch's Kat Chow and Gene Demby join the show for thoughts on the groundbreaking Cartoon Network series Steven Universe and various card and board games. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

Steven Universe and Board Games

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Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) in Suicide Squad. Clay Enos/Clay Enos/ Warner Bros hide caption

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Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad

Critic Chris Klimek and NPR Editor Tanya Ballard-Brown join Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon for a discussion of two summer blockbusters, Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.

Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad

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Small Batch: MTV Classic

MTV turns 35 years old Monday, and they're marking the occasion with a channel called MTV Classic. The new channel will air MTV programming from the 1990s and 2000s. Audie Cornish and Stephen Thompson discuss the new project. (A shorter version of this conversation aired on All Things Considered on August 1st, 2016.)

Small Batch: MTV Classic

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